Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987 Page: 27
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Extant vernacular dwellings in the Freedmens
area (still inhabited by Blacks) of Dallas, Texas.
Downtown skyscrapers in background.
County. Finally, it must be remembered
that the uniqueness of Black history
lies in the fact that it is more of a
collective history than a history of
individual highlights. It is a part of
Texas and American history based
upon culture and people rather than on
physical forms and monuments. Therefore,
it is more accurate and correct to
establish a local and regional vignette
against which to evaluate and interpret
these resources. To do this, the researcher
must identify and understand attitudes,
habits, traditions, behavior, and
social mores which prevailed at the
appropriate time in the settlement in
question, and other neighboring communities.
When searching for wider
significance, one might look for other
black resources evolving under similar
circumstances, in the same era, in other
parts of the United States. The average
researcher will be surprised to learn
how unique many of the Black Texas
resources are on a national comparison.
Without question, human history,
American history is layered. Texas has
one of the more unique compositions of
historical strata to be found anywhere.
We are gradually adding to our knowledge
of formal resources by inclusion
of "folk" and "vernacular". Continuing
research of this topic will allow us to
rediscover the contributions of the
State's many ethnic groups, including
Black Texans. With more comprehensive,
interdisciplinary, sensitive and
appropriate research methods and techniques
the heritage of Texas will be
greatly enhanced and more accurately
documented for future generations.
Everett L.and La Barbara Fly are environmental
planners from San Antonio.
Commercial structures in the Black town of Easton, Rusk County, Texas.
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Texas Historical Foundation. Heritage, Volume 5, Number 3, Autumn 1987, periodical, Autumn 1987; Austin, Texas. (texashistory.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metapth45439/m1/27/: accessed April 26, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, The Portal to Texas History, texashistory.unt.edu; crediting Texas Historical Foundation.